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Battle of Germantown: There Can Be Only One King


By Kevin O’Rourke

It is that week you look start looking forward to the second players step on the field in late July. The week that settles scores, continues tradition, and makes a King. If you play football for Northwest, its “Seneca Week,” if you play for Seneca Valley its “Northwest Week.” Everything that happens in practice takes on a greater intensity, the nervous energy at practice feeds on anxiety, as players wait for the adrenalin rush of Friday night.

Rivalries are great. Cross-town rivalries are the best. Rivalries in which teams play against players they’ve played with in youth programs and grown-up with, been friends with, and hang out with -- those are amazing. Add a trophy called, “The King’s Trophy,” – and that is the stuff of legend.

Football fans in Germantown are in for a treat Friday night under the lights at Seneca Valley High School, two impressive teams will meet with bragging rights on the line, as the Northwest Jaguars, defending 4A Maryland State Champions will travel 2.5 miles north on Great Seneca Highway to face the Screaming Eagles of Seneca Valley.